Tour De France 2012 Results: Bradley Wiggins Will Add Olympic Gold to His Title
Bradley Wiggins isn't done yet.
He just won the biggest title in road racing at the Tour De France, but now he's headed home to London, poised to win Olympic gold.
Wiggins is the best time trail racer in the world, evidenced by his dominating pair of stage victories in this year’s Tour. He will be the heavy favorite for the event when the event kicks off in London on August 1.
Wiggins is no stranger to Olympic glory. He has competed in three prior games, and already has seven medals to his credit, including four golds.
However, each of the medals came inside, on the track. Wiggins will face a much different challenge when he hits the road course in London.
That's not to say he still isn't the favorite. He has the skill set to double up his yellow jersey with Olympic gold, all in a matter of weeks.
Wiggins’ abilities in the time trial are unmatched. He has the speed of a top-flight sprinter, and has worked to transform himself into a world-class climber. Skills he combined to don the yellow jersey on the winner’s podium in the Champs-Elysees.
Baring a major meltdown, the Britt will be standing atop the podium again in a little under two weeks.
Wiggins has already turned his attention towards the Olympics, forgoing the usual celebration period for a Tour winner, according to the Washington Post.
“Everything turns to the Olympics and I’ll be out on the bike tomorrow and I’ve got an Olympic time trial to try and win,” Wiggins said.
Exiting France without the traditional victory part has to be a little disappointing for Wiggins and his teammates, but if he can come away with gold in London it would all be worth it.
Because, according to him, Olympic gold "is a higher priority than anything else."
For Wiggins, passing on the Tour's celebration period will be okay.
He will win his fifth gold medal in the time trial in London next month. When that happens, he will get to celebrate with all of his fellow countrymen on the world’s biggest stage.
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